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Old 09-10-2005, 02:57 PM   #1
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expanding root partition...

I'm running out of space on my root partition. I do have partition magic and could use it to resize, but its a little risky coz like most of you I already have 2 distros and windows on the same.

I'm don't mind taking off one of the distros and use that space to expand my root parition for the other distro. Is this possible? Man pages did not help so far. Little more in detail,

my slackware root /dev/hda9 5GB
my ubuntu root /dev/hda5 5GB

now is to possible to mount both these partitions under a single mount point '/', ineffect doubling my slackware root to 10GB.

If not what other options do I have.

Old 09-10-2005, 03:01 PM   #2
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What else have got in your root partition? Anything big? If you have, you could create a new partition, load it with that big subdirectory tree and mount it on root. /home might be good candidate if you have lots of files there.
Old 09-10-2005, 03:44 PM   #3
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Thanks Eddie, will definitely try what you have suggested.

But how about my other question. Is it possible to do something like that? adding 2 partitions to the same mount point?
Old 09-10-2005, 07:19 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure that's impossible.
If you had two partitions on the same mount point, and you copied a file to that directory, how would it decide which partition to put it on?
Old 09-11-2005, 01:19 AM   #5
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You can't mount two partitions to a single mount point. If you need more space and you wanted to make the "Ubuntu partition" available to Slack (I'm assuming here that you're running Slack) then you could simply create another mountpoint, and then mount /dev/hda5 to it. Of course, this would not change the amount of space in any of the existing partitions, but it would make more space available going forward.

To be honest, one really helpful thing you could do would be to post the output of "fdisk -l" (note that's a lowercase "L"), which will display useful information about your existing partitions. Knowing what kind of disk usage you now have would be helpful in terms of making suggestions. -- J.W.


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